The Trump family hauled in donations before, during, and after Donald Trump’s presidency. The problem was that they appeared to have serious difficulty distinguishing between his Inaugural Committee money and piggy bank dollars. And they just lost a lawsuit to pay Washington D.C. $750,000.
It all started with the family ripping off political participants by overcharging for events at the Trump International Hotel located a block from the White House. Washington’s city Office of the Attorney General kicked off this lawsuit back in 2020 claiming that the ex-president’s Inaugural Committee, which was a nonprofit organization and as such, was unavailable for personal use.
Washington D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine released a statement that read, according to The Washington Post:
‘After he was elected, one of the first actions Donald Trump took was illegally using his own inauguration to enrich his family. We refused to let that corruption stand. No one is above the law — not even a president. Nonprofit funds cannot be used to line the pockets of individuals, no matter how powerful they are. Now any future presidential inaugural committees are on notice that they will not get away with such egregious actions.’
Executive Director of DC Action Kimberly Perry has already found a use for the $750,000. These are DC Action and the Mikva Challenge DC. Each will get $375,000.
The Trump family and the Inaugural Committee worked together to overcharge, even for days when there were no activities. The ex-president also dipped into the funds to pay for a party for his adult children. It price tag was $300,000. In addition, Washington claimed that the hotel “misused $1.1 million, CBS News reported.
Nonprofit organizations are forbidden from financing private affairs for those leading it. Of course, neither Trump nor his kids were leaders. They charged “vastly inflated prices [which illegally] flowed directly to the Trump family.”
DC Action was established in 2004:
‘At DC Action, we know the District’s young people can accomplish anything when they have a fair chance.’
Its vision is:
‘Making the District of Columbia a place where all young people grow up safe, resilient, powerful and heard.’
And its mission is:
‘DC Action uses research, data, and a racial equity lens to break down barriers that stand in the way of all kids reaching their full potential.’
The Mikva Challenge was founded in 1997, and it is a child advocacy nonprofit that focuses on young people’s civic security and wellbeing:
‘By empowering youth to become engaged and active citizens, Mikva is strengthening our democracy today. Through surveys, interviews, and focus groups, we assess our impact on youth and our success in meeting our four core organizational goals.’
- ‘Provide youth with authentic and transformative democratic experiences
- Provide youth with skills and knowledge to be effective citizens
- Increase exposure, demand, and access to Action Civics.’
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